Library News

As students approach their final HSC exams there are many resources at their disposal, both at the Bethany Library and their local Municipal libraries. The Closed Reserve section at Bethany has books and study guides available for use in the Library and strict overnight loan. Rockdale and Hurstville libraries also have such resources available. However, many people forget the wonderful resources available at both State and National levels at the Library of NSW and the National Library.

The State Library of NSW has some wonderful study guides available at

They have added icons next to each resource so you know where you can use them. You will need to sign up for a Library card to use many of the resources.


lib2In the Library, or anywhere if you are a NSW resident with a Library card
lib1Only in the Library
lib3Publicly available – you don’t need a Library card

You can find the HSC Info area on Lower Ground 1 of the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room. This is where you’ll find some HSC resources such as study guides. They also have resources in the other areas of the Library including stack storage. Ask the friendly staff if you need help finding any of the resources. You can sign up for a card online at or by visiting the Library (The building is situated between the Royal Botanic Gardens and Parliament House on Macquarie Street, Sydney).






The National Library might be situated in Canberra but you can access their resources from anywhere once you are a member. To be eligible for a standard library card you must live in Australia and supply an Australian residential address. You can apply online at:

The National Library provides access to over 300 online databases, offering students valuable sources of information that enhance their printed collections. These are all available through their one stop eResources portal at

The services include full text newspapers and journals, indexing and abstracting services and ebooks. They provide access to both current and historical content in a diverse range of subject areas including history, genealogy, literature, geography, health, biography, law and government publications.

Many eResources are available in full text, and many are available offsite to registered users of the National Library.

Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled and ears open for the announcement of the of the Children’s Book Council Book Week winners. Prize winning books and various competitions will be available in the Bethany Library for this year’s theme of “Books Light up our World”. Winners will be announced on Saturday 22 August!

Keep reading.


Mrs Pentland

Teacher Librarian